Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to. That’s when I feature them on the blog. This is one of those days…
Oh my. My Frolic leftover quilt had several of you worried and concerned and pretty skeptical about me.
I got this from Ellen:
“You mention this morning that you are going to do a tutorial on making the blocks for this new fabulous quilt. I wouldn’t want you in trouble with Bonnie but that is surely a copyright infringement?”
For a refresher, I took leftovers from Bonnie Hunter’s Frolic mystery, added other things to is and came up with a new quilt. Here is the quilt.
Here is a closer look at the blocks.
Here is my Frolic quilt. Each quilt has star blocks and the star blocks are not the same. Notice how the original Frolic blocks have half square triangles in the corners. Notice how my blocks are completely scrappy and the same pinks and the same blues are not used throughout the individual block. The same can be said for the aqua/light blues. All of them are different. They are completely not the same prints. Bonnies are.
Did you notice in my quilt that I made blocks with a white background? Bonnie’s quilt has none.
Janette B wrote:
“Wouldn’t it be a copyright infringement to produce a quilt pattern for a magazine if most of the quilt is made with leftovers of Bonnie’s Frolic quilt pattern?”
For a refresher, these are the pieces I sorted through…I see four patches: No copyright on four patches
I see half square triangles: No copyright on those
I see flying geese: No copyright on those
I see cut quarter square triangles: No copyright on that.
Nothing here is “Bonnie’s” all of these are simply quilt pieces. There is no trademark on them. The pieces are nothing until they are put together and I didn’t even put them together the same way Bonnie did.
Aside from the same color and the quilts using star blocks, there isn’t anything else the same. I have not infringed on anyone’s copyright.
ALSO…important to note:
Copyright only applies to the written words of the pattern. Sad, but true. It does not apply to the quilt itself. Anyone can take any pattern, make it, and rewrite directions. Nice, no. Appropriate, NO. I wouldn’t do that…but, that’s how copyright works. The colors in a quilt are not copyright. Stars in a quilt are not copyright-besides, as I said, the star blocks aren’t even the same.
It’s important to know that even if my star block was EXACTLY like Bonnie’s, it’s still not a copyright issue. Long ago some lady in a little log cabin likely made the first log cabin quilt block. Her family is not out and after all of us for publishing a quilt pattern that has a log cabin block in it. A quilt block does not have a copyright.
There are no completely original quilts left to make in this world…Look at Bonnie’s quilt. We’ve all seen quilts with triangle borders before. We’ve all seen quilts with star blocks. Everything that is made is somehow inspired by previous generations.
My plan is still to do a tutorial for the quilt blocks that I used in this quilt. I have zero concerns when it comes to copyright between the two quilts. Until someone shows me the copyright for using a half square triangle in a quilt, I think I’m pretty safe.
Please don’t worry about any infringement on copyright. But if you still are worried, feel free to contact Bonnie, but I’m positive she’ll say something very similar to what I said. After all, both of us have had to deal with people with and without copyright concerns.